Wendy Wilkins is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and comedian who hails from the rural area of upstate New York. At the age of ten, she began writing and recording her own short films and music videos on VHS, eventually creating Laughtears, her college television station’s first (and only) original drama series.
Settling in Los Angeles, Wendy continued creating her own projects while working in the industry. At the age of twenty-three, her first screenplay became a semi-finalist for the Sundance Filmmakers’ Lab. She went on to become a finalist for the 2003 ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship and two years later was asked to join the Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop. Her next screenplay, Backseat Debutantes, was a top ten pick for Final Draft’s ‘Big Break’ Screenplay Contest while her third screenplay, Where The Men Are, garnered finalist spots in ten contests including the first Women In Film/Meryl Streep Writers Lab.
Her most recent original television pilot, a one-hour drama/sci-fi entitled, HOMETOWN, has heated up the competition circuit with finalist wins in Live Read/LA, Austin Revolution Film Festival, Filmmaker.com, Nashville Film Festival, New York Screenplay Contest. And just this past week, she was awarded the ISA Fast Track VI Fellowship.
Wendy is also a prolific filmmaker. Before the internet, she directed and produced three nationwide, festival-playing, award-winning short films. In 2015, she became a film finalist for the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
Four of Wendy’s television pilots have been produced as live shows at the iO West theatre with her post-apocolyptic tale, One More Day, turned into a radio play.
Never one to waste time, Wendy has also won multiple stand-up competitions, is a regular on LA’s spoken word circuit and contributes comedic short stories to numerous podcasts.
An avid hiker, Wendy picks up trash on every trail she walks because once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.